Courses and Independent Studio

Spring 2021 Courses - Session 2

Animal Sculpture

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Claudia Olds GoldieSession 2: March 25 – April 29 ***WAITLISTED***
Day/Time: Thursdays, 10:00am – 12:00pm ET
Level: Beginning – Advanced
Instructor: Claudia Olds Goldie

Course Description: Create ceramic animal sculpture inspired by the natural world, fable, parable, fairy tales, and dreams. Drawing inspiration from historical and contemporary sculpture, students will develop their own realistic, metaphorical, or hybrid animals using simple ceramic techniques including slab, pinching, coiling and modeling.... Read more about Animal Sculpture

Ceramic Surface Design

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Session 2: March 25 – April 29 ***WAITLISTED***Tumbler by Deighton Abrams
Day/Time: Thursdays, 2:00 – 4:00pm ET
Level: Beginning – Advanced
Instructor: Deighton Abrams

Course Description: This course will have students exploring new intuitive approaches to using the surface of ceramics as a canvas to tell stories either representational or abstract (or both). Through lectures and demonstrations, we will explore effective ways composing imagery on both sculptural and functional forms. A wide variety of techniques including brush work with underglaze, oxides, and slips as well as exploring sgraffito, Mishima, water carving, paper and tape masking, and wax resist to expand the decoration.... Read more about Ceramic Surface Design

Experimental Photography on Clay

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Anne EderSession 2: March 23 – April 27 (6 classes)
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30pm ET
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: Anne Eder


Course Description: There are many ways to combine images and clay, but if you are curious about the magic and alchemy of using light sensitive emulsions, this may intrigue you. This class, led by instructor Anne Eder, will be a guided exploration into using light sensitive materials to transfer images onto and into clay bodies. Students will begin... Read more about Experimental Photography on Clay

Fired Up Redux!

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Session 2: March 25 – April 29Cone 10 Reduction Kiln
Day/Time: Thursdays, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Geoff Booras and Denny McLaughlin

Learn what happens to your pot or sculpture once it makes its way into the kiln! This course covers basic concepts behind different firing methods and kiln designs. If you are interested in taking an in-depth look at reduction, oxidation, and atmospheric firing principles, key temperatures, and techniques, then this is the class for you! Do you want to learn more about alternative firing methods? And what is a thermocouple, damper, spyhole, or bag wall anyway? Curious to know more? – Come stoke the flames of kiln wonderment in this new online course!... Read more about Fired Up Redux!

Handbuilding Basics

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Ruth BasicsSession 2: March 22 – April 26 (6 classes) ***WAITLISTED***
Day/Times: Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30pm ET
Level: Beginner - Intermediate
Instructor: Ruth Easterbrook

Course Description: In this class, we will focus on the basics, first individually focusing on technique and developing skills. This will be a project-based class with guided exercises that will challenge and train your abilities. We will focus on pinch, coil, and slab for most of this class and begin applying ways of combining these to make more complicated vessels.... Read more about Handbuilding Basics

Handbuilding Challenges

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Ruth Easterbrook ChallengesSession 2: March 24 – April 28(6 classes)
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30pm ET
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Ruth Easterbrook

Course Description: Are you ready to test your hand-building skills to the next level? Building off established skills we will work on craft, form, and exploring some of the possibilities of combining hand-building techniques. These projects will be longer and take more patience and planning to follow through. I will share and lead conversations looking at historical and contemporary pots to learn from and inspire.... Read more about Handbuilding Challenges

Independent Studio at Home

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Tool BoxSession 2: March 22 - April 30 (6 weeks)
Day/Time: N/A
Level: Independent - Advanced
Instructor: N/A

Course Description: Independent Studio at Home is intended for participants in the Boston area who are not enrolling in Spring 2021 online Ceramics Program course, but would like to access bisque and/or glaze-firing opportunities at the Ceramics Program. This option includes firing and studio glazes for up to 10,000 cubic inches of bisque and/or glaze work for the 6-week session. Cubic inches will be tracked for bisque and glaze firings, and cubic inch totals in excess of ... Read more about Independent Studio at Home

Inspired by History

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Session 2: March 26 – April 30 (6 classes) ***WAITLISTED***Denny McLaughlin
Day/Time: Fridays, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Level: Intermediate – Advanced
Instructor: Dennis McLaughlin

Let’s think globally as we seek inspiration for both form and function from potters in the last 10,000 years! Each class will be spent examining the functional pottery made during a different time period and cultures from around the globe. Objects from the online collections of the Harvard Art Museums and Museums of Science and Culture will inspire demonstrations both on and off the wheel. We’ll consult with curators and conservators from these museums for special insights into objects when possible. Students will be encouraged to choose a specific form.... Read more about Inspired by History

Mimesis: Sculpting from Observation

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Deighton AbramsSession 2: March 23 – April 27 (6 classes)
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 2:00 – 4:00pm ET
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Deighton Abrams

Course Description: Clay’s responsiveness to touch and plasticity makes it the ideal medium to mimic and replicate what we can see with our eyes.  Through lectures and demonstrations, we will discuss a variety of techniques on developing individual creative approaches that students will then use to make a small body of work.... Read more about Mimesis: Sculpting from Observation

Plant Based Printing Processes I

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Anne Eder Plant ISession 2: March 24 – April 28 (6 classes)
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm ET
Instructor: Anne Eder

Course Description: Get outdoors with this introduction to plant-based printing processes that use light and common plant materials obtained from the backyard, a nearby park, or even the grocery! This class is an introduction to plant-based printing processes that use light and common plant materials! It will cover anthotypes, chlorophyll printing, and other plant-based printing methods.... Read more about Plant Based Printing Processes I

Plant Based Printing Processes II

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Session 2: March 25 – April 29 (6 classes)Anne Eder Plant II
Day/Time: Thursdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm ET
Level: Intermediate – Advanced
Instructor: Ann Eder

Course Description: Take your plant-based printing processes to the next level with this follow up course to the Plant-based Printing Intro class! Explore further the possibilities of printing with plants and using chemistry found in common household items. We will investigate the infinitely variable lumen and phytogram processes combined with non-traditional applications of chemistry you can make at home, as well as finding ways to take anthotypes and... Read more about Plant Based Printing Processes II

Surface Techniques with Porcelain

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2021

Session 2: March 23 – April 27 (6 classes) ***WAITLISTED***Stephanie Young Calmwater Designs
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30pm ET
Level: Intermediate – Advanced
Instructor: Stephanie Young

Course Description: Join Stephanie Young of Calmwater Designs for an in-depth study of her carving techniques on porcelain and the inspiration behind her iconic Art Nouveau style. Surface treatments using color including slips, underglazes and glaze will be explored. Young is full-time studio artist whose work is highly revered and collected. Don’t miss this opportunity to study with an artist at the top of her field!... Read more about Surface Techniques with Porcelain